A book at Bath time

A book at Bath time

A rare opportunity to meet a bestselling author and enjoy a torch lit evening of music from across the ages is on offer at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Heritage attractions as part of Museums at Night celebrations this May.

Author Lindsey Davis

Author Lindsey Davis

Historical novelist Lindsey Davis is best known for “The Course of Honour”, the true story of the Emperor Vespasian and his mistress Caenis, and for her twenty volume mystery series featuring Roman detective, Falco.

The award-winning author will talk about her writing career and exploring the Rome of the Emperors at a special event held in The Pump Room on Friday 16 May (from 7pm to 8pm). She will also be signing copies of her new book –“Enemies at Home”.enemies at home cover image

Limited tickets are available through Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 at £10 for Discovery Card holders and £15 for everyone else (ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink and admission to a special music event straight after at the Roman Baths).

Resident Discovery Card holders are welcome to just relax for free with the Roman Baths’ musical tour through history – featuring early music on an ancient lyre, and sophisticated swing music of the 1930s and 1940s – on Friday 16 May, from 8pm to 10pm (last entry 9pm).

The enchanting music performances take place around the magnificent setting of the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths – illuminated by the light of flickering torches. Enjoy music played on a replica ancient lyre at the Temple Pediment by Michael Levy, one of the leading early musicians in the country, who said: “I look forward to performing once more, at the most awesomely evocative venue for live lyre music I could ever hope to perform at!”

The Roman Baths at night.

The Roman Baths at night.

In addition local group “The Lambeth Swing” will perform 30s and 40s era swing music by the side of the Great Bath during the evening. There will also be a bar serving drinks alongside the Great Bath.

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “With its steaming waters and Roman artefacts, the Roman Baths is a truly magical place to visit at nightfall. Bath & North East Somerset Council is pleased to offer this wonderful experience for people to enjoy and learn more about this magnificent piece of history.

“So take the opportunity to explore the Roman Baths in different ways and enjoy music from ancient Rome right at the heart of the archaeological site. Also sit back by the Great Bath with a drink and listen to swing music from a local group who always create a great atmosphere.”

The Council-run Victoria Art Gallery will be getting the evening going with swing performances by Bath musicians against a backdrop of fabulous paintings by local artists. This free event runs from 6pm to 8pm on Friday 16 May.

As part of Museums at Night 2014, hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites across the country will unlock their doors for special evening events from Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 May. For more details of the events taking place locally, visit http://www.museumsatnight.org.uk.

How loo can you get!

How loo can you get!

The existing facilities in Sydney Gardens

The existing facilities in Sydney Gardens

Not everyone is happy with the decision by B&NES to contract out its public conveniences to a private company who have said they will upgrade and maintain the ‘comfort-stops’ in their care around the city.

However it looks like ‘spending a penny’ is going to get twenty times more expensive when it comes to using the toilets in Sydney Gardens after a transformation planned by their new managers.

I bumped into one park user who could not wait to tell me more.

 

 

I took this up with the Leader of B&NES, Cllr Paul Crossley, who told me:

“Before awarding the contract to Healthmatic, useage counts were carried out. Healthmatic run these things in many areas and together we are confident that one fully accessible unit for the park will meet needs.

Obviously if there were to be a big event held in the park then as part of the event review the need for and numbers of portable units would have to be considered by the organisers of such an event.”

We’re not anti-motorist says Council chief

We’re not anti-motorist says Council chief

Battered and financially bruised it may be but Bath and North East Somerset Council has not given up on its aims to make Bath – with its central World Heritage status – a more environmentally friendly place in which to live and work.

Dorchester Street

Dorchester Street

This week saw a u-turn on the latest bus-gate experiment in Dorchester Street where those who were fined for not appreciating the change of ‘status’ will get their money back.

This follows on from plans to limit heavy goods vehicles in central parts being overturned by outside agencies.

Bath has been trying to find a way to protect its heritage from traffic damage for years. It’s also got to embrace the fact that this is a working and growing city which relies on its visitors for trade and prosperity.

In an interview with the Virtual Museum the Leader of the Council – Cllr Paul Crossley – insisted that B&NES was not against the motorist and had not run out of ideas to come up with a long-term traffic management solution.

Please click on the video link below to hear his interview in full.

 

Fashion Museum announces Dress of the Year

Fashion Museum announces Dress of the Year

 

Dress of the Year 2013 is revealed at the Fashion Museum. April 2014. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

Dress of the Year 2013 is revealed at the Fashion Museum. April 2014. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

The latest in Bath & North East Somerset Council’s long line of up- to-the minute fashions chosen for its Fashion Museum’s prestigious Dress of the Year award has been unveiled in Bath. In 2013 the museum asked celebrated fashion blogger Susanna Lau of http://www.stylebubble.com to make the selection.

Susanna’s choice as Dress of the Year 2013 is a sugar pink silk organza dress from leading British designer Christopher Kane’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The on-the-knee sleeveless dress is embellished with cut-out white machine-made lace panels to which are affixed jewelled roundels, made up of hundreds of tiny pink diamantes. Strips of black duct tape are attached all over the front of the garment – a bold heavy detail against the delicacy, lightness, and brightness of the dress.

Susanna has completed the Dress of the Year ensemble with a pair of hot pink and black ‘Liquorice Allsorts’ striped stiletto heel sandals by Sophia Webster, and a cartoon character pink canvas cap by Nasir Mazhar.

Susannah Lau said: “I chose Christopher Kane’s dress because, to me, he is one of the most exciting and brilliant designers to have emerged from London Fashion Week. He manages to take the most unexpected elements and make them work in collections that then define seasons. The Spring/Summer 2013 season saw Kane take on Frankenstein – crystals, black gaffer tape and white lace shouldn’t sit well with one another but the juxtaposition somehow come off as harmonious.

Dress of the Year 2013 is revealed at the Fashion Museum. April 2014. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

Dress of the Year 2013 is revealed at the Fashion Museum. April 2014. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

“To accompany the dress I have also chosen young accessories designers who have also contributed to London ‘s rise – unconventional milliner Nasir Mazhar who has segued into street-inspired ready to wear and quirky shoe designer Sophia Webster.”

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “Fashion journalism is changing, with on-line content and images as important nowadays as print media, and Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum is keen to reflect this in the Dress of Year award.

“We are thrilled that Susanna agreed to make the selection – she is one of the UK’s leading fashion bloggers, with over a quarter of a million followers on Twitter @susiebubble, and as such is both up to the minute and in tune not only with fashion, but also with the way that style and changing fashions are communicated to a global readership.The Dress of the Year award relies on this insider knowledge and expertise, and we are grateful to Susanna for the careful thought with which she has approached the selection for posterity for the Fashion Museum.”

Scottish-born Christopher Kane, who picked up the Designer of the Year award in 2013 at the recent British Fashion Awards said: “It’s a huge honour to be selected for the Dress of the Year award at the Fashion Museum in Bath, the dress means so much to me. It’s a really good mixture of both tough and sweet. It’s a remarkable dress chosen by a remarkable woman.”

Dress of the Year 2013 is revealed at the Fashion Museum. April 2014. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

Dress of the Year 2013 is revealed at the Fashion Museum. April 2014. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

When his Spring/Summer 2013 collection was unveiled at London Fashion Week an exhibition dedicated to Punk was being assembled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The original punk aesthetic showcased a mix of synthetic fabrics including plastic, PVC and rubber and purposefully damaged and destroyed finishing. And Kane is a designer who likes to question the notion of what is considered chic and push fashion forward.

Fashion Museum Manager Rosemary Harden commented: “This choice is all about personal styling and the way that a fashion look could be put together in 2013. No-one shows this better than Susanna on her blog, where she posts self-styled images of herself wearing the clothes that she’s writing about. Therefore we’re displaying this ensemble on a mannequin which has been especially donated, and styled to look like Susannah, by leading manufacturer Rootstein Display Mannequins.”

The Fashion Museum is grateful to Susanna Lau, Christopher Kane, Sophia Webber, Nasir Mazhar, and Rootstein Display Mannequins for their generous support.

The Dress of the Year is on display at the Fashion Museum throughout 2014. The Fashion Museum is open daily from 10.30am to 4pm (exit 5pm). For more information visit http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk or call 01225 477789.